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Making the Gun Free School Zone Act better

The Gun Free School Zone Act, which paralleled a similarly named federal measure, is both an important law and a reasonable one, except for one element: It includes an exemption for people who have been issued permits to carry concealed weapons.

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Schools need vegetarian options

Sixty-four percent of U.S. school districts now offer vegetarian options. More than 120 schools, including the entire school districts of Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, and San Diego have implemented Meatless Monday.

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Michigan's post-Labor Day school start is out of step with the times

Since 2005, state law has kept those teachers from taking roll before Labor Day. Private and parochial schools are exempt.

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Baltimore needs school choice

The good news is that Maryland's few charter schools have already played a significant role in transforming children's lives. Maryland charter schools outperform their public school peers in several categories.

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First major sign that Teach for America is faltering

As Teach for America’s applicant pool shrinks and recruitment dips, its critics are claiming that alumni horror stories and ideological critiques are starting to take their toll. The organization maintains that ongoing economic recovery is impacting recruitment by driving top-tier applicants away from teaching. This is the first major sign of faltering it has shown in over a decade.

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California lawmakers should lift cap on school district reserves

State legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown are playing an irresponsible game of financial chicken with local school districts. Under a union-backed requirement enacted last year, if the economy continues to improve state finances, local school districts will be required to cut their budget reserves to dangerously low levels.

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Controversial Houston Arabic school shows why school choice matters

One of the first Arabic immersion schools in the nation opened in Houston. Immediately, the school was subject to controversy. In a country as diverse as the United States, schools with different specialties are needed to give students an effective education.

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Schools cannot be open carry zones

Allowing guns to be openly carried in public schools only exacerbates the fear and uncertainty of both staff and students. Enacting legislation banning guns in public schools would help provide students with the safe learning environment they need to focus on learning and exploring.

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Starting school after Labor Day has many benefits

It would give teachers — who have to return to classrooms in the heat of mid-August — the break they need to recharge their batteries and to spend more quality time with their own families. Students would have greater opportunity to learn life lessons outside the classroom and small businesses that lose seasonal workers would get a much-needed boost.

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Bureaucracy, politics caused teacher shortage in Nevada district

The Clark County School District's almost 800 vacant teaching positions is a massive policy failure compounded by protectionism. By retaining bureaucratic barriers to the licensing of educators, the system is forced to fill hundreds of classrooms with substitute teachers, the very people those barriers are designed to keep out of schools.

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